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Trinidad: Grande Family Claims School Negligence After Boy, 9, Suffers Seizure, Dies

guardian.co.tt- A San­gre Grande fam­i­ly is claim­ing neg­li­gence by school of­fi­cials fol­low­ing the death of a nine-year old boy who col­lapsed at his school.

Nathaniel Joseph Find­ley was pro­nounced dead at the San­gre Grande Hos­pi­tal on Mon­day af­ter­noon, just about an hour-and- a- half af­ter he suf­fered a seizure at his pri­ma­ry school at around 2.45 pm.

Rel­a­tives of Find­ley are in­censed, how­ev­er, that the school opt­ed to call Find­ley’s moth­er first, in­stead of tak­ing him to the San­gre Grande Hos­pi­tal af­ter he faint­ed at the school com­pound.

“So they called the moth­er and told the moth­er to come to the school now be­cause he faint. That was the call she get from the school. She is a preg­nant moth­er,” said Clau­dia Moore, Find­ley’s grand­moth­er.

She added: “But she hus­tle and get a trans­port from blue moun­tain there to go by the school. The school is on the East­ern Main Road there. So let we say rough­ly 15 to 20 min­utes for her to reach the school.”

She said the child was on­ly tak­en to the hos­pi­tal af­ter the moth­er ar­rived at the hos­pi­tal al­most an hour af­ter he col­lapsed.

“No­body take that child to the hos­pi­tal? No teacher took that child to the hos­pi­tal? The prin­ci­pal was in the school, no­body did noth­ing?” she said.

“When the child reach the San­gre Grande Hos­pi­tal they try to put him on a res­pi­ra­tion sys­tem to see if he was in a co­ma or some­thing. They tell her to give them 20 min­utes. That was 3 40 pm. When 10 min­utes passed on the res­pi­ra­tion sys­tem, they tell she he is not re­spond­ing,” Moore said.

How­ev­er, Moore said her daugh­ter- in- law claimed the boy felt cold at the school.

An au­top­sy at the Foren­sic Sci­ence Cen­tre yes­ter­day con­firmed that Find­ley died as a re­sult of seizure.

Moore said as far as she knew Find­ley had no pre­vi­ous med­ical ail­ments. How­ev­er, a source close to the school told Guardian Me­dia that Find­ley had been tak­en to hos­pi­tal in the com­pa­ny of his moth­er and the school’s prin­ci­pal af­ter he had a bout of seizures and vom­it­ing less than a month ago.

A re­lease from the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion al­so stat­ed that an am­bu­lance was called af­ter the boy col­lapsed, but he was ul­ti­mate­ly tak­en to hos­pi­tal by the prin­ci­pal in the com­pa­ny of his moth­er and sis­ter, who is al­so a stu­dent of the school.

Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion An­tho­ny Gar­cia ex­tend­ed his con­do­lences in the state­ment.

He said, “I am deeply sad­dened by the news of this stu­dent’s pass­ing. The death of a loved one is nev­er easy. My heart­felt sym­pa­thies go out to his fam­i­ly, teach­ers and class­mates”

Gar­cia con­firmed stu­dent sup­port ser­vices would be sent to pro­vide coun­selling ses­sions for pupils of the school.

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